The weather outside is frightful. The holiday parties and dinners that once filled the pages of your agenda have been replaced with deadlines and school assignments. You can’t find a trace of glitter in your makeup kit. It must be January! How is it that a month full of new and exciting beginnings can make us feel so low? If you’ve got the January blues, consider these mood-enhancing beauty innovations that will perk up your face and brighten up your kit on even the darkest of wintery days. C’mon, get happy!
This crazy chemical is beginning to pop up all over the makeup world and is said to stimulate the production of dopamine and endorphins promoting happiness, energy, and even sex appeal! The ingredient was created by Laboratoires Sérobiologiques, and is now widely used by drugstore favorite Physician's Formula. Many dermatologists, though, are skeptical about the chemical concentrate, explaining the product would have to include at least 1% Euphoryl to work. Regardless, a pan of Happy Booster Blush or a tube of Happy Booster lipstick won’t set you back more than a few bucks and the pink hearts design has us feeling more optimistic already.
If the dull weather has left your face in need of a pick-me-up, try incorporating a caffeinated product into your routine. We love patting on Wake Up Liquid Makeup by Almay for a skin boost where it matters most. For an all-around perky appearance try a caffeinated lotion like Jergens Skin Firming Advanced Moisturizer. You’ll not only look more energized, it’s believed that caffeinated creams may also diminish the appearance of cellulite and fine lines when used over time. A skin latte’ from the fountain of youth!
For the naturalists out there that need a beauty cure for the winter blues, essential oils are coming to the rescue! It’s been known that uplifting scents such as peppermint, grapefruit, and lemon can inspire us to think happy thoughts, even on a dreary day. Try creating your own blend of cheery scents at your local health shop, or try a pre-blended product. The new Cowshed collection of roll-on oil blends are personalized for all your daily mood swings. We are loving Grumpy Cow, Lazy Cow, and Wild Cow to get us through till February. Pop one in your purse and roll over pulse points when things get tough.
It’s said the the right color can turn a frown upside down so what are you doing in that black winter wardrobe? Swap out winter neutrals for neon shades of yellow, red, orange, and fuchsia this season for an instant jolt of energy. Our tips and toes look giddy when glossed over with hot shades like the UV red Radiate by OCC, or bright yellow Cheeky Chops by Butter London. Swipe a best-selling bright such as MAC's Moxie Lipstick across your lips and let the smiling begin.